The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Oh my … the white elephant just stepped into the room

I swear the gremlins are out to get our servers.

Since I last talked about “Project White Elephant”, P had taken on the project and set up the pair of redunant servers that live somewhere in the Great Plain States (aka “fly-over country”). Ever since, I haven't had to deal with it, and from what I understand, it's been running quite smoothly over the past year, year and a half.

Until this week.

Wouldn't you know it, the backup machine, which has a RAID system, blew up. RAID system got totally borked, so it had to be rebuilt and reinstalled.

Normally, this wouldn't be a problem.

But see, if P wasn't on vacation in another hemisphere of the globe for the past month (and he won't be back until the middle of this month), it probably wouldn't have blown up.

So now Smirk phoned me and said “Fix this.”


Not only does it involve control panels (hssssssssssssss) but MySQL replication, automatic fail over, blah blah yada yada …


As if the past few weeks haven't been horrible enough.

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